To comfortably house such an institution was an ongoing challenge, and the move to a new and much larger space was truly feted at the opening gala last month. It was also the vernissage for two exhibitions launching the new gallery: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Art, Architecture and Traditional Knowledge and Hot Matter | Matière incandescente.
The latter is a group exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary Canadian glassmaker artisans, whether renowned or promising. Profiling current practices in artistic glassmaking, this project is co-curated by Elena Lee, an authority in the field of artistic glassmaking and associate director of Elena Lee Gallery, a pioneer in contemporary Canadian glass artwork and the first gallery to represent the Studio Glass movement in Canada.
The second exhibition, presented in collaboration with EVOQ architecture, as part of the Montréal First Peoples Festival, the INUIT QAUJIMAJATUQANGIT: Art, Architecture, Traditional Knowledge is the result of a contest that involved Inuit from across the Nunangat territory (Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Nunavut and Inuvialuit). This initiative, the first of its kind in the relatively recent history of Canadian Inuit art, called upon artists to submit a work of art to be integrated into the architecture of the new Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) built in Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut. The artists created works illustrating the contribution of traditional knowledge to the development of sciences and technologies of international calibre; a marvellous way of shedding light on past and present Inuit peoples’ ingenuity and inventiveness (Qanuqtuurniq). The fifty or so drawings and sculptures presented in this exhibition are grouped under one theme: Honouring the timeless creative genius of Inuit.
Workshops and artist talks are also programmed in parallel with these exhibitions.

La Guilde
1356 Sherbrooke Street W
Montreal, QC externe)

The two exhibitions run from September 28, 2017 to September 8, 2018

From the exhibition Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit : Art, Architecture and Traditional Knowledge

Timootee "Tim" PITSIULAK, Beluga whales and a bowhead, 2016,
Black Ink on paper.
Photo : EVOQ Architecture.

From the exhibition Hot Matter | Matière incandescente

Ito Laïla Le François, Mimi a un crabe dans les yeux Mimi has a Crab in her Eyes (detail), 2016,
244 x 91,5 x 76 cm.
Photo : Michel Dubreuil.

Sébastien Duchange, Mercy Anchor (detail), 2017,
45,5 x 38 x 16,5 cm.
Photo : Sébastien Duchange.